The Third Conference On The Political Future Of The Caribbean
3rd CONFERENCE ON THE POLITICAL FUTURE OF THE DUTCH-ADMINISTERED CARIBBEAN – RE-UNITING THE ANTILLES AND CARIBBEAN IN SOLIDARITY
The Third Conference on the Political Future of the Caribbean,
Having met at Bonaire, West Indies on 7th and 8th December 2018,
Aware that the political status of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius (Statia) and Saba was transformed in 2010 from being a part of the autonomous country of the (former) Netherlands Antilles to a new political arrangement unilaterally advanced by the Kingdom of the Netherlands akin to that of ‘partial integration’, and characterized by serious political and economic inequality, rather than the promised political and economic equality originally envisaged.
Also aware that this new status is tantamount to unilateral annexation, and is wholly inconsistent with the minimum standards of full self-government and equality required on the basis of international principles of democratic governance,
Noting that in 2010, Curaçao and Sint Maarten joined Aruba as the second and third semi-autonomous countries in the Kingdom without the full measure of self-government required under United Nations (U.N.) Resolution 1541 (XV), and subject to the applicability of Article 51 of the Kingdom Charter which provides for unilateral intervention in the affairs of the autonomous countries,